Easy Citrus Marinated Chicken Breast From Scratch

When I make this citrus-marinated chicken breast for supper, I love pairing it with a bowl of brown rice. The flavors pair perfectly, and it’s a light summer meal. Each bite is full of orange, lemon, and savory spice. When you’re not sure what to cook this summer, this recipe will be waiting for you!

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Citrus Marinated Chicken Breast Recipe Inspiration

With the summer heat here to stay, I wanted to create a wholesome supper recipe that would be simple to whip up. So I started doing a little digging into what flavors are popular in June and came across a trend of citrus fruits. That’s when I got the idea to develop this citrus marinated chicken breast recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This recipe is easy to whip up.
  • The ingredients are wholesome.
  • The citrus pairs perfectly with the chicken breast.
  • When served with brown rice, you’ve got an easy wholesome meal.
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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • oranges
  • a lemon
  • raw honey
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • dried thyme
  • garlic powder
  • a yellow onion

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need

How to Make Citrus Marinated Chicken Breast

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Add the juice from both oranges and the lemon, honey, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic to a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside for now.

Lightly grease a casserole dish with avocado oil or olive oil

Dice half of an onion into small chunks and add them to the casserole dish along with both chicken breasts. 

pouring marinade over chicken
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Pour the citrus mixture over chicken and onions.

Cover the casserole dish and place it in the fridge for 2- 8 hours to marinate.

Preheat the oven to 375 and get the casserole dish out of the fridge while you wait.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

You can use any type of chicken you’d like for this recipe. If you’re using a bone-in cut, add a few extra minutes to ensure the chicken is cooked fully.

If you’d like, you can add lime juice or grapefruit juice to this recipe. Both would be tasty. 

You can also grill or pan-sear this citrus marinated chicken if you prefer.

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Sides to Serve with this Dish

  • brown rice
  • baked potatoes
  • homemade sweet potato fries
  • potato crisps
  • cold pasta salad
  • salads

Storing Leftovers

Store leftovers in a glass, airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge. My favorite way is to freeze leftover chicken for up to 3 months to preserve the flavor. 

More Chicken Recipes to Try

casserole dish of chicken and 2 bowls of rice

Easy Citrus Marinated Chicken Breast

Molly LaFontaine
When I make this citrus-marinated chicken breast for supper, I love pairing it with a bowl of brown rice. The flavors pair perfectly, and it's a light summer meal. Each bite is full of orange, lemon, and spices. When you're not sure what to cook this summer, this recipe will be waiting for you!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • Juice from 2 oranges
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 of an onion

Instructions
 

  • Add the juice from both oranges and the lemon, honey, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic to a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside for now.
  • Lightly grease a casserole dish with avocado oil or olive oil
  • Dice half of an onion into small chunks and add them to the casserole dish along with both chicken breasts.
  • Pour the citrus mixture over chicken and onions.
  • Cover the casserole dish and place it in the fridge for 2- 8 hours to marinate.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 and get the casserole dish out of the fridge while you wait.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!
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